Guwahati, May 18 : The Assam government will be providing job cards under MGNREGA and upgrading skills of migrant workers who decide to return to the state. A high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, was held here last evening to discuss the issues of providing employment opportunities to the state’s people returning from outside.
Among the key decisions at the meeting, the chief minister directed the Panchayat and Rural Development (P&RD) department to allot job cards to returning migrant workers and provide them works under MGNREGA at the earliest. He directed the Skill Development Department to take steps for imparting training to returning workers for upgrading their skills. He also issued instruction to identify skills of the returning workers and provide training at development block level through a digital platform. Sonowal instructed the Finance Department to discuss with the banks about ways to provide loans to returning workers for engaging them in productive sectors.
The Chief Minister further asked the Industries Department to prepare a district-wise list of MSMEs for providing benefits to the sector under the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. State Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary and P&RD Minister Naba Kumar Doley, along with top officials of various departments were present in the meeting. (UNI)